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Ten best bets for fall music

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet September 21 Matthew Lux is the Kevin Bacon of Chicago music, connected to just about every important living player in the city. He’s been a key presence in local jazz, rock, soul, and dance-music circles since graduating from Lane Tech in 1991, but it’s taken him till now to release […]

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Soulside reunion revisits Revolution Summer

The band Soulside emerged in the D.C. punk community in the mid-80s, making headway after the Revolution Summer of 1985 redirected the young, fervent scene away from hardcore’s bleak, macho assault and toward a fluid posthardcore aesthetic that prized melody and politics. Revolution Summer lasted barely more than a season, but it sparked changes that […]

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AACM reedist and composer Roscoe Mitchell presents four trios at the MCA

The current Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now,” in part explores the history and legacy of Chicago’s massively influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Reedist and composer Roscoe Mitchell was a founding member of the organization and became internationally recognized for his membership […]

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Eighth Blackbird roosts at the MCA

Since 2011 the Museum of Contemporary Art has hosted visual artists to create unique work over extended periods: Goshka Macuga, Mark Bradford, and Martin Creed have all developed projects through the museum’s artist-in-residence program. But this year the institution has taken the unusual but laudable step of naming Chicago’s Eighth Blackbird—one of the world’s foremost […]

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George Lewis presents his experimental AACM opera Afterword

Chicago native, trombonist, composer, and scholar George Lewis wrote the definitive book on the history of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with his 2008 masterpiece A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. He knows about that history firsthand, as he got involved with the influential south-side organization in […]